The cross

May I ask you a question? Are there limits to God’s love? The Bible tells us that “the length and depth” of this love “surpasses knowledge”. Does God’s love reach deeper than anything we know and stretch farther than anything that can be imagined?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

When it comes to smart choices, sometimes waiting things out, gives them time to settle. The art of decision here is knowing when the waiting needs to end and the starting begins. Recently I had the task of building a banister. Now banisters, complete with railing, insets and base plates, have a lot of angles and cuts to consider. Simply, the geometry and precision required of building that banister far outweighed the simple measuring and cutting most carpentry tasks. I spent the first several days simply staring at the empty stair space and scribbling little drawings on a pad of paper. The planning was necessary. But, the more planning I put into it, the more the task seemed to grow. Finally, I knew that I had to leave the pad of paper behind and begin making some honest cuts. As daunting as the task seemed, I knew deep down that planning ultimately had to give way to constructing.

C. S. Lewis writes: “When the author walks onto the stage, the play is over. God is going to invade, all right; but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else comes crashing in? This time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. That will not be the time for choosing; It will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side.(C.S. Lewis.)

To make good choices we need to be able to put the proper amount of and type of planning into it. Nevertheless, when the daunting tasks of life face us, and the temptation to procrastinate, to wait until we feel like we’re more ready and less open to fault or mistake, we are likely to miss the opportunity to choose when we need to. God gives us time to think and time to act in this life especially when it comes to our willingness to seek Him. Sometimes it’s time to put the pencil down and pick up the hammer and saw. Planning and intending are an integral part of the decision process. So, you and I need to choose by the Spirit of God–Jesus Christ, on this Good Friday. This is a good and solemn choice, we need to be able to put the proper amount of, and type of planning into. Look to the cross for your choices today…there is only One.

We pray. Heavenly Father, Today we commemorate the eternal sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, in payment for our sin. Our hearts ache for His pain, yet rejoices in His gift. Our spirits back away from the cross for its dark and grotesque picture, yet our hearts are drawn so tightly. Blessed Jesus, by the power of the Spirit we are joined to You this day. May we ponder Your sacrifice and glory in Your resurrection. Thank You Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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